Unique to Australia, four companies with access to leading climate change experts have come together to provide a significant, tailored and integrated service to assist businesses to understand, adapt and succeed in the new low carbon age.
UQ’s commercialisation company UniQuest along with AARC, Herbert Geer, and BDO Kendalls formed the Equator Alliance to offer a coordinated client service including identifying, managing and reducing carbon output, as well as developing new sustainability solutions and competitive advantages.
For UniQuest, which facilitates industry access to UQ’s extensive bank of expertise and resources, forming the Alliance was a natural progression, according to UniQuest Managing Director, David Henderson.
“With the impacts of carbon emissions, trading and sustainability starting to take shape we were conscious that business required comprehensive expert, research-based guidance and practical support at every stage,” said Mr Henderson.
“Joining the Alliance enables UniQuest to open up further opportunities for UQ researchers to not only provide services to major new clients but also to work closely with allied industry professionals,” he said.
The Alliance was launched on Wednesday 9 September in Brisbane. The key note speaker at the launch event was Ms Bernadette Welch, Acting First Assistant Secretary, Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority (ACCRA), Department of Climate Change.
Ms Welch has also held meetings with UQ Climate Change experts in energy, forestry, economics and legislation.
UniQuest Pty Limited
Established by The University of Queensland in 1984, UniQuest is widely recognised as one of Australia’s largest and most successful university commercialisation groups, benchmarking in the top tier of technology transfer worldwide. From an intellectual property portfolio of 1,500+ patents it has created over 60 companies, and since 2000 UniQuest and its start-ups have raised more than $400 million to take university technologies to market. Annual sales of products using UQ technology and licensed by UniQuest are running at $3 billion. UniQuest now commercialises innovations developed at The University of Queensland and its commercialisation partner institutions: the University of Wollongong, University of Technology Sydney, James Cook University, University of Tasmania, Mater Medical Research Institute, and Queensland Health. UniQuest also provides access to an expansive and exclusive network of independent academics to tailor a consulting or project R&D solution to meet the diverse needs of industry and government, facilitating some 500 consulting, expert opinion, testing, and contract research services each year.
UniQuest is also a leading Australasian provider of international development assistance recognised for excellence in technical leadership, management and research. Working with agencies such as AusAID, NZAID, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, UniQuest has developed and implemented more than 400 projects in 46 countries throughout the Pacific, South-East Asia, the Indian sub-continent and Africa.
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